Durham Academy News & Notes/Aug. 15, 2014  
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Welcome to News & Notes, a new weekly publication that combines what had been a monthly e-newsletter and a weekly calendar email. We hope this new format will simplify your DA life and give you a window into what is happening on campus!

An icy challenge in honor of Chris Rosati

It’s been soaking the nation, and Wednesday afternoon the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge made its way to Durham Academy. Nineteen DA administrators, faculty, staff and alumni dumped buckets of ice water on their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS.

Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner said the icy act was “dedicated to our friend and frequent hero Chris Rosati.” A 1989 graduate of Durham Academy, Rosati was diagnosed three years ago with ALS, an incurable and debilitating disease. He has received national attention for his message to live, love and try without fear of failure, and he has created Inspire MEdia Network to tell uplifting stories. Read More


Faculty keep busy over summer

Durham Academy is known for its professional development opportunities, and several DA and Hill Center teachers spent part of their summer vacation taking advantage of those opportunities. Five teachers were awarded summer grants that can be used in relation to their teaching responsibilities or for an experience that will have an impact on their professional or personal development. Read More


Tips for navigating the new da.org 

You may have noticed that Durham Academy's virtual home, www.da.org, had a little renovation over the summer. The communications office has hung new photos, put on a fresh new coat of paint and done a little reorganization. In addition, we’re thrilled you’ll be able to connect with DA wherever you are via the new, mobile optimized site.

While we hope you'll like the more modern, open feel and think you'll find the reorganized navigation intuitive, we understand that change isn't always easy — so we've offered some tips to help you find what you need as your family dives into a new school year. Read More


Middle School gets a new look

Returning Middle School students and parents may wonder if they are in the right spot when they set foot on campus next week. The center of campus has a new look; the area has been completely reworked to better handle storm water run-off. The result is a more intentional and attractive landscape, including a dry riverbed that will provide an efficient system for moving rainwater across campus. Read More


Send questions, suggestions, event submissions and story ideas to communications@da.org


Divisional &
Athletic Events


Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


All-School Events

Tuesday, Aug. 19

- Classes Begin for 2014-2015 School Year

- Extended Day Begins



DA in the News

Dr. Billy Fischer '94 battles Ebola in Africa

Rising junior Cha'mia Rothwell wins national track title 


Chris Rosati ’89 on WRAL-TV


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